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There are some interior shots at this site:
Not me, jcasson12, but I had a similar experience when I was 17 at the Sunny Isles Twin. Some things never change in the industry.
I think the long hours, sleep and food deprivation, and being around a product you enjoy produces a form of unintended brainwashing that creates career theatre employees.
There has never been another Miracle Theatre in South Florida except for this one, Chuck. I went there when it was a single, a twin and also when it was a quad. It was then restored to a single screen for plays.
How could a theatre at 3465 N.W. 2nd Avenue ever have been in Coral Gables?
“De Sade” was an American International Release that played mainstream theatres and drive-in nationwide when X was still mild.
As someone who operated art cinemas for years I can tell you what happens.
You get months of letters and emails complaining about not showing a film you showed in a timely manner and no one showed up. So you then show it again, to take advantage of new acclaim, and no one shows up either.
It is then a hit on DVD and you still get blamed for not having shown it.
The comedy club section of Show World is now Times Scare, a year-round haunted house and horror theme bar.
When I first started working in the movie theatre industry in 1974 it was very clear. Legit use was ‘theater’ and cinema use was ‘theatre’, even in cases where the same company owned both types of venues. Whether there was a stage or never a consideration.
Margaret, it is considered a classic novel and film and often shows on TV. The book was required high school reading at my school in the mid-seventies.
The film was often a second feature in later years and had a minor re-release in November 1947 but I can’t find any other dates at the 68th St. Playhouse.
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN was showing from Monday, May 28, 1945 to June 3, 1945.
I think this film is in 3D which the Bombay may not have been able to accommodate.
New ad in photo section claims 220 seats.
Opening ad now in the photo section.
I believe this was the Pompano Drive-In from 1953- 1959.
This place now claims to have 14 screens.
Rivest, they accepted them without art work and only one column by two inches for non-mainstream titles by 1970.
The refused ads for the premiere of “I Am Curious (Yellow)” at the Flamingo but later accepted them when the film moved over to the North Miami.
I seem to recall a really modern sleek design with curtain wall coverings all around that made the screen area almost disappear when the curtains were closed.
The seats and leg room were nothing special and paled next to the high back ‘rocking chairs’ and leg space at the Bay Harbor and Sunny Isles.
The Holiday went back to mainstream films after the porn incident in the article above and closed sometime in 1990.
It was only an evening paper with an older demographic by then.
Rivest, I was one the assistant managers at this opening. AMC would have advertised the opening only in The Miami Herald and, like many distributors, did not take advantage of the combined rate that included The Miami News.
Nice find, Rivest. This mean that the Palm, 22nd Avenue and Liberty City were all three the same drive-in with different entrances. They DID show the same movies at the same time, all the time.
The old theatres had tons of obstructed view seats that were rarely used but made the house nut higher for film rental purposes. Many multiplexes do that to this day.
Once the house was adapted for roadshow use they expected to sell 100% at each performance so most seats were larger and positions were at least adequate.
Thanks for the great ads, Mark.
The link needs to be updated:
Jeff, Brandt closed it in 1970. It re-opened in 1972 as a discount house with occasional first-runs and ran until the summer of 1987. It later re-opened as a performing arts center with movie facilities.
“Ben-Hur” premiered here in 1959 and again for the 1969 roadshow re-release. I can’t help with the wagon wheel.
Marcy, if you look at previous posts you will find photo links.